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Strange Animal

Gowan Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful start of it all ! Oct. 31 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd (although his second) was the one that caught my ear. I have been a fan of Gowan's since this cd came out. It has a great musical flow that leads the listner fom one song to the next. The lyrics are not only catchy but they are also intelligent. If you enjoyed this cd you will love the others in Gowan's catalog. I strongly recomemd "Great Dirtey World" and "Lawrence Gowan, But You Can Call Me Larry" among others.
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I first heard this album over 10 years ago thanks to a Canadian cousin who borrowed my WalkMan and left a tape of Lawrence Gowan's Strange Animal in it. I didn't want to give that tape back. Last year I got to meet Gowan and see him in concert several times - AMAZING - and this is the album that started it all for me - ABSOLUTELY one of the best albums in my music collection!
If you pass it up you'll definitely be missing out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Rock Legend Dec 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lawrence Gowan is probably one of the best singers that you've never heard of. That is, if you haven't seen him with Styx on their latest tour. This is an album that put LG on the map with great songwriting, strong vocals, and excellent musician ship. I recommend "Lost Brotherhood" featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush and "Best of", which features Healing Waters, his tribute to Princess Diana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Rock Legend Dec 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lawrence Gowan is probably one of the best singers that you've never heard of, unless you've seen him on tour with Styx. This is an album that put LG on the map with great songwriting, strong vocals, and excellent musicianship. I recommend "Lost Brotherhood" featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush and "Best of", which features Healing Waters, his tribute to Princess Diana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gowan May 21 2004
By ~M
Format:Audio CD
Gowan is by far one of the best artists to have ever walked the face of the earth, NOT JUST IN CANADA, but all over this globe. Gowan was the first musician I started listening to, and was my very first tape, I was 4. I'm 23 now and though I like other bands such as NIN, I still listen to Gowan and find Strage Animal to be one of the most original albums ever made and very different compared to the other junk music that other 80's bands were releasing. Gowan was not a typical 80's band, his lyrics spoke of war, the potential darkness of the human mind, and human suffering, while other bands were singing: 'Everybody Wang Chung Tonight', 'The Locomotion' ,'Jump For My Love' and other boppy meaningless songs such as these. My favorite tracks are 'Guerilla Soldier', 'Keep the Tension On', 'Burning Torches of Hope', and my ultimate favorite of any of Gowan's songs is 'A Criminal Mind', which is one of the best and most unique songs to have ever been made. Strange Animal is a masterpiece anyone who finds music important should have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Art-Rock Sept. 20 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like many Canadian artists, Gowan is hidden treasure waiting to be discovered by Americans.
In his home country of Canada, Gowan has consistently put out hit album after hit album. He is a consumate musician (having a degree [A.R.C.T.] in music from the University of Toronto, in piano and music theory) and his live shows are not to be missed.
He is one of this genre's top lyricists, in any country. Witness the following from "Criminal Mind" (the last song on 1985's _Strange Animal_):
"Some people struggle daily/ The struggle with their conscience/ Till the end/ I have no guilt to haunt me/ I feel no wrong intent"
Typically, Gowan's lyrics are inspired by personal experience, or news events, or through conversations with various people. The song quoted above, for example, was inspired by a conversation with a friend of his, whose occupation was a prison security guard.
Do yourself a favour: add this artist to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Remarkable Oct. 15 2004
By Brit
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of Gowan because he was a member of Styx and I was really getting into their music (this was obviously recently. So, one day, while discussing several serious matters with a fellow Styx fan, we got to talking about Gowan and she convinced me to buy "Strange Animal". I did and I was blown away. Gowan is such a talented artist and he has such a knack for catchy melodies. As a teenager from the US, I think that everyone should at least be introduced to his music, because it is so spectacular. All together, Gowan is one of my all-time favorite artists, and what he does is truly an art-form. If you're looking for a great album for any occasion, get Gowan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible! Aug. 7 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Gowan is a tremendous talent. This cd is only a sample of his superb works. If you ever get the chance, you must see him live...he is the ultimate showman! STYX is lucky to have him as their new frontman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a replacement CD
I played my first copy of this to death and had to replace it with a new one. Great CD and a great production!
Published 9 months ago by Douglas A Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great 80s album
This album is a classic 'one-off,' an assertion substantiated by the delete-bin albums Gowan released subsequently. Read more
Published on June 20 2009 by montyw
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeliveably Awsome! I'm glad he's Canadian!
Wow. Gowan rocks! This extremely talented musician has got to be one of the greatest rockers ever! Gowan this Gowans second album and this one probably has the most hits [Moonlight... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2007 by Luke Dickey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem From The 80's.
'Strange Animal' was the big hit from this album but I think the best tracks are 'Cosmetics' and 'City Of The Angels'. Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by W. Grandy
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree Lawrence Gowan is the Man!!
great Canadian music!! A must have for nay Canadian music fan!! A must have for any 80's music fan!!
signed
Gowan fan from Ontario
keep rockin' Lar
luv ya
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by shalowater
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER
I love this album...it is a classic and a must have for anyone who likes 80's pop. Not only was it great for its time but songs like criminal mind could still get airplay today if... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by chris whidden
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MAN!!!!
I just recently dug this out of storage and great memories came to mind. This is an awsome album for anyone who likes anything 80's. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by chris whidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Animal is the BEST!!!!!!
I remember the first time I ever heard a Gowan song. It was in 1985 and the radio was playing "City of the Angels". Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by Rock_2525
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff from Canada
This was the first album I ever bought. I now realize I had better taste in music when I was 10 than I do now. This is my favorite album. Very classy and well produced. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2001 by Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Is he Canadian or Scottish?
What can I say?After reading the previous reviews I was surprised at how highly rated Gowan is across the Big Briney. Read more
Published on July 5 2000 by marwood
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